Thursday, May 31, 2012


From the Studio, to the Masses

Available July 3rd, 2012
Jay Shepard's album Harsh Mistress, slated to drop July 3rd, 2012
From the crazy New York nights to the bright city lights, Jay's inspiration continued to flourish; ultimately leading to the conclusion of his first 12-track album, set for release July 3rd, 2012. Multifaceted musician and songwriter, Jay Shepard, has just completed recording his long-awaited solo album, Harsh Mistress, with prominent producer, Matty Amendola, and 825 Records. The tracks on Harsh Mistress exude speed and power (even though at the core the songs may seem like standard pop tunes). Stylistically, it's in a category unto itself; blending unique rhythmic patterns, contrasting terraced dynamics, heavy fuzzed guitar riffs, lo-fi acoustic guitars and vocals, tight hard-hitting indie rock drums, in addition to a heavy use of electronic instruments and classic analogue synths. With musical improvisation, and extended jams, from the contemporary and catchy hooks on: “Come Back Home,” “Vacant Scene,” “You Wanted,” and “Love on Lend,” to the hard hitting, heavy riffs, and gigantic sounding drums on: “She's the Fire,” “Harsh Mistress,” and “Last Man on Earth;” coupled with eclectic and electronic influences on: “Time Will Never Slow,” “Truth,” and “All You Got,” and the great depth throughout the ballads in: “The City,” and “So It Goes,” Jay's sound is an exploration of music across genres. Available July 3rd on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and

And the Winner Is...

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With Harsh Mistress approaching its release date early this summer, Jay & 825 Records have allowed fans, and music enthusiasts alike, to choose the first single to be featured. Over the past month, Jay's fans have been able to vote for his free single; and the winner is, "Last Man on Earth," a hard-hitting, and melodic. pop-rock track, with a catchy hook about that harsh relationship you love to hate. "Last Man on Earth" can now be downloaded for free at and streamed from any Smart Phone. Feel free to share this free download with your friends on Facebook; and as Jay looks forward to his fan's feedback, be sure to let him know if you're digging the single, at:

Producers: The Industry's New Rock Star

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825's Owner and Head Producer kept all of his followers on Facebook and Twitter in the loop last week, while he was representing 825 Records in Los Angeles, California. Matty Amendola was in "LA LA Land" working for the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp, as one of their "Rock Star Experts." Besides jamming, and helping out the campers, Matty also hosted the camp's featured drum master-class (originally started and incorporated into the camp by Billy Amendola), bringing friends such as: Steve Fisher (Roland Drums), Rich Redmond (Jason Aldean), Brian Tichy (Billy Idol, Foreigner), Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath), Ryan MacMillan (Matchbox 20), Veronica Bellino (Jeff Beck) and many other great West Coast players. Matty also mentioned that his week was filled with songwriting, demoing new songs on his iPad in the hotel room, and in the studio working with singer/songwriter Kenli Mattus, for the first time since their band, The Classic Futures, disbanded several years ago. Matty capped off the week performing at The Playboy Mansion with the other counselors, and hanging out with 825's favorite mastering engineer, Hans DeKline, and special guest Steven Tyler. "It was a fun week and a great event. I'd like to thank everyone who made me feel at home as an "up and coming rock star," including: David Fishof, Courtney Clonch and fellow rock stars Teddy Andreadis, Vinny Appice, Mark Hudson, Bruce Kulick, John Moyer, Rudy Sarzo, and Kip Winger!"
If you are interested in featuring, covering, reviewing, requesting a press kit, or playing Jay's upcoming album, please shoot us an email so we can accommodate you.
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